Shelton Lawmakers Talk to Business Owners Frustrated with Anti-Business Climate

Posted on October 25, 2019 by admin


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SHELTON – State Representatives Jason Perillo, Ben McGorty and State Senator Kevin Kelly met with business owners and professionals on Tuesday morning to discuss the impact of legislation that was passed during the 2019 session will have on their industries.

During the 2019 session, the majority party Democrats passed major anti-business bills, which included increasing the minimum wage to $15, implementing a payroll tax to fund paid family leave, raising the business filing fees and reducing the tax credit for pass-through entities.

The lawmakers explained that they wanted to host the forum to make businesses aware of what was passed and how to prepare for the new laws. They also urged businesses to be vocal about how policies discussed in Hartford will impact them and make their voices heard during the legislative session.

“Democratic lawmakers and Governor Ned Lamont say they care about business owners but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Rep. Perillo. “These anti-business bills will cost businesses more money and could cause more to close their doors. Instead of asking businesses for more we should be asking what we can do to make it easier for them to do business in our state.”

“We are one of the worst states in the nation to do business in and this session the Democrats decided to pass more bills that will not get us out of the dead last rankings,” added Rep. McGorty. “I want to let businesses know Rep. Perillo, Sen. Kelly and I have their backs and will continue to fight for them in Hartford, but we also need their help in speaking out against these bills when they come before the legislature.”

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DOT Announces Route 8 Improvement Project

Posted on October 10, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (Department) Office of Engineering is implementing a resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, and safety improvement project on Route 8 in Shelton, Derby, Ansonia, and Seymour. The project begins at the Platt Road overpass in Shelton and ends at the North Main Street overpass in Seymour for a total of 8.8 miles. The purpose of the project is to provide corridor improvements that bring this section of roadway to current standards.

This project proposes to

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Perillo, Shelton Legislators to Host Session on Business Legislation

Posted on October 8, 2019 by admin


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The 2019 legislative session was among the most impactful on the state’s business community in recent memory. With that in mind, I’m co-hosting a forum this month in Shelton to provide information on legislative action that affects the state’s business community. I’ll be joined by state Rep. Ben McGorty and Sen. Kevin Kelly, and together we’ll cover topics such as the state’s new mandatory paid family and medical leave program, an increase to the minimum wage, and changes to the pass-through entity

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Rep. Perillo Calls on Majority Party to Fix the Grocery Tax

Posted on September 18, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – Today, House and Senate Republicans called upon Governor Ned Lamont to bring the legislature into special session to fix a piece of legislation passed in the Democrat state budget that created new taxes on hundreds of grocery store foods, and also substantially increased taxes on prepared meals.

Rep. Perillo added, “We don’t need a meeting with DRS to prevent this tax increase, we can go back into a special session and do what is right by changing this law. It is clear that the people of Connecticut don’t want this tax to move forward.”

The House of Representatives need 76 members to sign a petition to force a special session and the State Senate would need 19 petition signatures.

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Rep. McGorty, Perillo: New “Meals Tax” Will Put 7.35% New Tax on Long List of Grocery Items Never Taxed Before, According to DRS

Posted on September 13, 2019 by admin


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Rep. McGorty, Perillo: New “Meals Tax” Will Put 7.35% New Tax on Long List of Grocery Items Never Taxed Before, According to DRS

HARTFORD – Reps. Perillo and McGorty issued the following statements in regards to newly released details on the “meals tax” included in the Democrat state budget set to go into effect October 1, 2019.

“This is a major tax hike that will hurt every Connecticut taxpayer,” said Rep. Perillo. “We all have to buy these products on a weekly or daily basis and no matter if it is 1% or 10% more it adds up.”

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Perillo Receives High Grade from Business Association

Posted on August 6, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – The Connecticut Business and Industry Association released their legislative scorecard last week that gives every state lawmaker a grade for their voting record regarding laws that could impact small and large businesses. State Representative Jason Perillo received a perfect score from CBIA.

Rep. Perillo voted against anti-business policies that will make it more difficult for business owners to grow and thrive in Connecticut.

“This legislative session business owners saw more and more harmful policies being passed by the majority party that will cost them more money to operate their business in Connecticut,” said Rep. Perillo. “The majority party continues to target business owners to cover the state’s reckless spending habits. If we don’t support our business owners, small and large, we are never going to see Connecticut recover.”

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New Laws – July 1st

Posted on July 3, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday, July 1st, many new laws that may affect you and our community went into effect.

I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list, which can be accessed by clicking here. You can also find a copy of the 2019 Major Public Acts by clicking here.

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Reps. Perillo, McGorty Say State Budget Includes Almost $2 Billion in Tax Increases

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty voted Monday against a two-year state budget crafted by Democrats. The budget spends more money than the previous two-year budget and includes nearly $2 billion in tax increases.

Reps. Perillo and McGorty highlighted the following tax increases included in the budget:

-1% increase in the sales tax on food and beverages at restaurants
– A tax on motor-vehicle train-ins
-Increases the tax on ride-share services
– 10-cent tax on plastic bags
– Eliminates the sales tax exemption on digital downloads and dry cleaning services

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House Republicans: We know our vote on tolls, and it is “no”

Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – House Republican Lawmakers sent a formal letter to Governor Lamont Tuesday night to notify him that all members of the House Republican Caucus are fully unified against tolls.

The letter was sent after the governor declared that he will begin focusing on the budget and will table tolls for a special legislative session to give Republicans more time to support the proposal.

In the letter, House Republicans’ said that going into a special session would be an undue tax burden on the people of Connecticut and that the House Republican Caucus will be voting no on tolls.

Rep. Perillo said, “The residents of Connecticut don’t want tolls and pushing a vote on tolls until July or August won’t change their stance. The governor and legislative Democrats should drop their toll plan and work with us on a transportation alternative that doesn’t include tolls.”

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Rep. Perillo Joins Calls for the Senate to Pass Bill to Increase Penalties for Fentanyl

Posted on May 21, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo joined his fellow colleagues and concerned citizens and organizations at the State Capitol on Tuesday for a press conference to call on the Senate to pass a House bill to strengthen penalties on fentanyl.

“This bills passed with bipartisan support in the House and the Senate should join us in looking to strengthen the penalties for dealing fentanyl,” said Rep. Perillo. “We must do anything we can to stop the opioid epidemic and passing this legislation will help send a message to all the bad actors out there that Connecticut is not messing around. If you are caught selling or manufacturing this deadly drug you will go to jail for a long time.”

House Bill 5524, was introduced by the House Republican Caucus. The bill would change the definition of narcotic substance to include fentanyl the same category as heroin. As the law is currently written, fentanyl is listed as a synthetic drug, which is a lesser penalty.

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